Once a month Saturday Masterclasses
with Jock Orton
The Masterclass Series
Saturday 29th May
Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Handstand)
We can all remember doing handstands as children and how much fun they were. As we grow older though, we can lose this sense of fun and excitement and as with anything we’ve not done for a while, we may feel fear and place limitations on ourselves that we are too old, we’ll hurt ourselves, etc.
This masterclass is designed to give you back the confidence and fun of turning upside down! By practicing handstands with clear, precise instruction and in a safe and supportive environment we will give you back the sense of fun that you once had. In all the years I’ve been teaching, I have never had a student conquer their fear of handstands and land their feet back on the earth without a huge smile on their face!
Inversions are also physically beneficial and increase blood flow to the brain, improve memory, supports your endocrine system, improves balance and spatial awareness, builds upper body and core strength… I could go on with this list but above all else they improve your happiness because they are fun.
To progress in yoga asana there are several ‘gateway’ poses and being able to hold a handstand is one of them
About your teacher
Jock has been teaching since 2003 and co-founded Lime House Yoga in Cornwall with his partner Emma. His journey to yoga came after falling down a mountain snowboarding, breaking his back in several places and shattering his collarbone. After numerous unsuccessful operations he began a regular yoga practice that enabled him to heal from his injuries and astonished the medical practitioners who had tried and failed to put him back together!
He went on to train with Bridget Woods-Kramer, a world-renowned Anusara teacher with whom he spent six years studying and teaching. Over the last few years his personal practice has moved towards Ashtanga and he’s undertaken trainings with some of the worlds best teachers including David Swenson, John Scott, Richard Freeman and Manju Jois, whom he recently assisted at Stillpoint Yoga in London.
He has developed a style that is physically challenging with attention to posture and alignment and above all, playful. His experience has taught him to cherish the physical practice of yoga, but it is the connection between mind and body that inspires his practice.